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My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Day 181 // Making Art Every day in 2017

Floral practice. just showing up and making today- not worrying about the technical points of painting. just making marks on the page.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 181. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Day 180 // Making Art Every day in 2017

its national camera day! old camera always pull my heart strings. vintage hawkeye brownie camera

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 180. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Day 179 // Making Art Every day in 2017

watching the birds fly from the big oak tree to the big maple tree. 10 minute sketch.

oil on paper


The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 179. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Day 178 // Making Art Every day in 2017

portrait practice, but looking for signs of joy in just every day people

oil on paper


The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 178. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Day 177 // Making Art Every day in 2017

found the teenagers down the streets smoking spot. (its behind the neighborhood sign)

oil on wood.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 177. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Day 176 at Making Art Every day in 2017

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 176. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Day 175 // Making Art Every day in 2017



morning sunrise.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 175. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Day 174 // Making Art Every day in 2017

florals

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 174. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Day 173 // Making Art Every day in 2017

found the sun.

oil on wood.


The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 173. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Day 172 // Making Art Every day in 2017



15 minute sketch this morning. neighbors house from my morning walk. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 172. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Day 171 // Making Art Every day in 2017

just painting shapes this morning.

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein.
oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 171. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Day 170 // Making Art Every Day in 2017

chanel number 5 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 170. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Day 169 // Making Art Every day in 2017

Happy Father's Day. Had the best day of building and destroying sand castles, finding the perfect sea shell, eating way too much fresh soft water taffy, and chasing each other up and down the beach. Can we do this day again and again.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 169. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Day 168 // Making Art Every day in 2017

sometimes you just want and need to stick your head out the window.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 168. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Day 167 // Making Art Every day in 2017

the last year or so, I have been buying myself flowers every few weeks Not sure what it is but they make me so happy.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 167. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Day 166 // Making Art Every day in 2017

the non stop rain is getting to me, but nothing a glass or two a wine cant fix.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 166. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Day 165 // Making Art Every day in 2017

Channel.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 165. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Day 164 // Making Art Every day in 2017

 a girl and her shadow.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 164. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Day 163 // Making Art Every day in 2017

doesn't watermelon just say summer?

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 162. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Little Handfuls Organic Review


I recently was contacted by Little Hands Organic and they asked me if I wanted to try out their product. Let me tell you first that my kids are picky eaters, especially Everett. Even at a really early age, when introducing new foods, he would put the food in his mouth and promptly make a funny face and then spit it out. I was pretty concerned about it when he was around nine months old because he didn't want to feed himself and he just wasn't into really want solid foods.

The pediatrician explained that sometimes babies have a very sensitive palette to texture.  She said to keep trying and give him real food and not focus on baby food. I remember the first food that Everett actually ate with gusto and that was peanut butter crackers. He couldn't get enough and nearly ate the entire box! The best part was that he wanted to feed himself, which was a big win. So now, fast forward to today and he is two and half. He still makes a funny face and spits out food. It's less, but he's still very picky. It makes eating out very fun!

Since Everett is so picky, I am always on the lookout for delicious, healthy and easy foods. The easier the food, the better because when my kids get hungry they get hangry! They get so hungry that they cannot wait for a single moment longer and start opening the pantry and grabbing a chair to reach for anything they can get their little hands on.

Little Hands Organic are shaped like little muffins, which is the perfect size for teeny tiny kiddo hands. They are fully baked but flash frozen and they took only a few minutes in the toaster oven or cook top. There are three different flavors: blackberry date oat, bean brown rice spinach, and apple squash quinoa. I knew that there would be a flavor or two my little picky eaters would love. The blackberry date oat was a home run for us. Everett even asked for seconds, which is rare. The next morning I made the bean brown rice spinach and topped it with a heap of avocado and both kids just gobbled them up.

I will be picking up Little Hands Organic in the future because it was just to fast, easy, healthy and Everett loved it.

This is a sponsored post by Little Handfuls Organic and all the opinions and words are my own.
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Day 162 // Making Art Every day in 2017

just a couple of pink flamingos.


The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 162. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Day 161 // Making Art Every day in 2017

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 161. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Day 160 // Making Art Every day in 2017

my dream last night, covered in red birds.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 1660. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Portlandia Art Sale!

Since I am born and raised in Portland, one of the funniest quirks about living in Portland is having the television show Portlandia reach the national spotlight. In case you've missed it, Portlandia is a television show that pokes fun at all of what makes Portland special. If you watch the show, I hate to admit it, but it's pretty accurate at all the different unusual yet extra special things that make Portland so iconic.

I have been fortunate enough to have been able to have my artwork on several seasons of Portlandia, but this year they are having a sale. Yahoo! You can now get a piece of original artwork from the show. You can purchase the artwork today and sale runs until June 23rd.



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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Day 159 // Making Art Every day in 2017


flower practice and I can't say no to peonies. 

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 159. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Day 158 // Making Art Every day in 2017


 Has some girl friends over for Rose and wine last night. Best night ever!

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 158. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Day 157 // Making Art Every day in 2017



Portland's China Town.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 157. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Day 156 // Making Art Every day in 2017

Caught Nora in my make up today, and she lined up all the lipsticks.

oil on wood

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 156. To read more about this awesome project click here
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To The Tens Plus a Rhea Footwear Giveaway!


Being an artist, I am constantly wanting to express myself, not just through my artwork but with my personal style. I believe that your personal style is a reflection of what you want to present to the world. Don't get me wrong, I secretly love my mom style of yoga pants and graphic tee but I also like to turn it up a notch and feel stylish.

To The Tens is awesome, brand new e-commerce app. It is a community that is passionate about personal style and you can browse an endless amount of fashion inspiration. It's great that I can create my own personal feed of people and brands that cater to my style.

The best feature about the app is that each photo is a breakdown of each look that you can buy directly within the app. Most days, I am chasing around my two kids which limits my time to be able to shop for myself.

So here comes the giveaway! Rhea Footwear wants to host a giveaway to celebrate the launch of To
The Tens. They are giving away a pair of Rhea Sandals to one lucky winner.

To the Tens & Rhea Footwear Giveaway


This is a sponsored post by Rhea Footwear and the all the opinions are my own.
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Day 155 // Making Art Every day in 2017


the farm. and its strawberry season/
oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 153. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Day 154 // Making Art Every day in 2017

15 minute portrait practice this morning. i can't believe we are in june and I can already feel summer slipping through my fingers.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 153. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Friday, June 2, 2017

How to Travel with Oil Paints! Plus What's in My Art Bag!


Supplies:

Oil Paint
Turpenoid or some sort of turpentine substitute in a glass container with metal lid. That does not leak.
Paint Brushes
Plastic Bag
Paper Towels
Plastic Disposable Pallet
Sketchbook
Container- I use either a metal box or plastic art bin, but you can use whatever is non leak.


The most misconceived notion about oil paints is that it is very difficult to travel with or that you can't travel with them at all. Well guess what? I have good news for you! You can travel with oil paints. Yay! So, nowadays, oil paints are generally made with vegetable oil and if you have purchased paint in the last decade you should be safe to travel with it. If you do buy used paint, like from a garage sale or estate sale or second-hand, I wouldn't travel with it because it could contain not fun toxic materials like lead. Another preventive measure is that a lot of oil painting companies have posted on their webpage how safe it is to travel with oil paints.

The next item that you might wonder if you can travel with is terpenoid or some sort of turpentine substitute. You can but you have to make sure the flash point meets the FAA guidelines. I usually travel with Gamsol by Gamblin Oil Paint because they post the exact flash point on their website making it incredibly easy to travel with solvent. You can also travel with Terpenoid Natural which is non flammable. Most brands do have their fact sheet on the web and you just have to google the name and words, "flash point," and then print out the MSDS sheet. The MSDS is the sheet that indicates all of the details about the solvent and if you can travel with it.

Then there are the actual really boring facts. If you are worried about it, I want to let you know I have never had my paints taken away but you can technically have it in your carry-on. If you don't want the hassle, then just check it.

"Including thinners, turpentine, MEK, denatured alcohol, acetone, resins, lacquers, varnishes, stains 
Most paints and paint-related solvents are regulated as flammable liquids and are forbidden in carry-on or checked baggage.
Many (but not all) artist paints are nonflammable and, if posing no other hazard, may be carried in carry-on and checked baggage. However, paint not marked nonflammable by the manufacturer could be removed from luggage by airport screeners. If the manufacturer’s material safety data sheet (MSDS) indicates the paints are nonflammable, packing the MSDS with the paints may help avoid their removal from baggage.
An MSDS will show if a paint or related product is a flammable liquid or not. When checking the MSDS, a "flash point" at or below 140 F (60 ° C) indicates it is a flammable liquid and may not be carried in airline baggage. "- FAA

I pack in a ziplock bag, a couple of paper towels, disposable pallet and my sketchbook. Once I actually paint, after the painting dries which takes about a day, I always put the sketchbook in a ziplock bag, I can't even tell you how many times that my kids have gotten ahold of my sketchbook and have started drawing on a painting. They have their own special drawing pads, but they love mom's.

Traveling with oil paints has never been so easy and nowadays a lot of this stuff is precautionary if you are going on a plane. Oil Painting companies are making paint and solvents more modern by making them safe for travel, especially in an airplane. This is my basic kit that I use for traveling for road trips, to meet friends and in a plane.
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Day 153 // Making Art Every day in 2017

I can't watch the news any more, but peonies make me happy.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 153. To read more about this awesome project click here
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Day 152 // Making Art Every day in 2017

a little rushing water study. 10 minute sketch this morning

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 152. To read more about this awesome project click here
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